Two years ago, a rap battle broke out in Hebrew and Palestinian Arabic. The men behind it were friends despite being from different backgrounds.
Uriah Rosenman is a Jewish-Israeli teacher, and Sameh Zaqout is a Palestinian-Israeli singer and actor. Together they make music and advocate for coexistence.
Uriah's friends were killed and kidnapped in the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, and in the ensuing bombing of Gaza, he has forgiven members of his family. Despite their sadness, they still believe that there must be another path to peace.
“People want an easy solution. They want to write something on the sign and cheer. Either you are pro-Israel or pro-Palestine,” says Uriah. “It is difficult to live in complexity,” Sameh adds. “People are being manipulated and people are playing with our lives.”
BBC News spoke to both of them about how they dealt with the conflict and maintained their friendship.
Video from journalist: Anastasia Zlatopolsky